Platypus Berkeley held a panel March 10th, 2018 at Berkeley City College titled What is Socialism? International Social-Democracy
Panel Description: "This panel invites the speakers to reflect on the history of social democracy from a leftist viewpoint. Such a perspective raises the specter of the Second International, the political organization that led the workers’ movement for socialism around the turn of the 20th century.
The memory of social democracy is resuscitated by such phenomena as SYRIZA, Podemos, Jeremy Corbyn, and Bernie Sanders. But, do we in fact still need to reckon with the earlier history of Marxism—the split between Communists and Social Democrats—in order to understand the problem and project of social democracy today? How are the questions of social democracy and social revolution related today, in light of history? What has social democracy come to signify politically?"
Speakers: Grover Furr (Montclair State University) James R. Martel (San Francisco State University) Ron Kelch (News & Letters) Gerald Smith (Oscar Grant Committee)